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How to Think, Shop, Buy Local This Holiday Season

Photo by B. KristDecember 15, 2015 | Ronna Dewey, Dish Works

West Chester PA -- Did you know that 68 cents of every dollar spent at a local business stays in the local community? Compare that to only 43 cents when you shop at a regional or national business and 0 cents (yes, zero) when you shop online. This holiday season, make it a priority to patronize the local businesses of Downtown West Chester and keep your dollars spent within our own community.

Looking for ideas on where to shop downtown? The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce has developed an app for that -- ThinkShopBuy...Local. Currently, there are 150 local businesses that participate, most offering discounts and deals to customers who use the app.

What Is ThinkShopBuy...Local?
Chamber president Mark Yoder shares, “There are three Ps of ThinkShopBuy . . .Local -- participate, patronize and promote. As a consumer, you can participate in this program by using the coupons in the app and shopping and buying from Chamber members. As a business, you can reach out to the Chamber and create an offering so your business can be part of the movement.” He continues, “The GWCC hopes that consumers will patronize Chamber member businesses by thinking local before buying elsewhere. Finally, we ask that you help businesses promote the program by sharing it with your employees, within your business relationships and to your friends and family.”

How Can I Get the App?
Getting the app couldn’t be easier. Simply visit The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce or go to the iTunes store on your mobile device. Download the app and you’re ready to go.

Show Me the Deals!
Once you’ve downloaded the app, it’s easy to take advantage of great deals all around West Chester. Simply click on the “categories” icon to begin your search. Current categories include dining, shopping, personal services, professional services, attractions and entertainment and lodging. The businesses are then narrowed down by name, type and distance from your current location.

BlinkReady to purchase some holiday presents? Click on the shopping category and get started. You can sort businesses either alphabetically or by distance. When you settle on the business you want to visit, the app will show you the address; you can even expand that to get directions from your current location. Scroll down to locate specials offered by the business, and then get shopping. Current deals include 10% off your entire purchase at BLINK, 20% off traditional extra virgin olive oil at A Taste of Olive, 15% off two items at Jane Chalfant and 20% off in-stock jewelry at Sunset Hill Jewelers & Fine Arts Gallery. You can’t beat those discounts for simply downloading a free app!

Once you’ve completed your shopping, stop by one of the downtown’s many restaurants and grab a bite to eat or a drink. You can use your ThinkShopBuy...Local app at many of those businesses, too! Get 10% off lunch Mondays–Fridays at Landmark Americana, take $2 off your $10 purchase at Penn’s Table and receive 20% off lunch at Ram’s Head Bar & Grill and Side Bar & Restaurant.

How Can Businesses Join the ThinkShopBuy...Local Initiative?
If you are a participating business in the GWCC and want to join this free member perk, contact the Chamber office at (610) 696-4046 for details. If you are a local business and are not a current member of the GWCC, call their office to find out about membership.

For a list of all downtown retailers that participate in ThinkShopBuy...Local, see Downtown Retail Directory TSBL. Additionally, keep an eye out for signs in the windows of local retailers.

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